July 21, 2024 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 11

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings


2 Samuel 7:1–14a
The Lord says: I will make a house for my servant David.

Psalm 89:20–37
God’s covenant with David is established forever.


Jeremiah 23:1–6
God says: Like a shepherd, I will gather up the remnant of my flock.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, leading, protecting, and feeding me.

Ephesians 2:11–22
Christ is our peace, breaking down the dividing wall between us.

Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
After a brief respite, great crowds surround Jesus and the disciples.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Christ calls to us:
“Come away to a deserted place
all by yourselves
and rest awhile.”
O God, you prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life
and I shall dwell in God’s house
my whole life long.

Prayer of the Day

Christ our peace,
you promise to make us one new humanity,
reconciling us to God
and building us into a dwelling place
for the Most High,
firm atop the foundation
of the apostles and prophets.
Like the prophets before us,
you have called us to be shepherds
who both guide and comfort.
Model for us how to be good shepherds,
not those who scatter the sheep
with errant advice and wayward words,
but those who lead them beside still waters,
in right paths,
for the sake of your Holy Name. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the grace that is at work in us
through the gift of our baptism—
the sign of your threefold name,
the communion of your faithful people,
the promise of your glorious realm.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
let your grace and peace grow in us,
until we gather at your heavenly throne
to give you thanks and praise forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
It is only by the power of God
that we are able to stand against evil.

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

We love you, O Lord, with our prayers and our songs.
Forgive us when we do not love you with our actions.
You have called us to tend your sheep:
to care for your people around the world,
to share what we have, and to reflect your love.
Forgive us, O Lord, when our love for you is shallow,
when our love for our neighbors is empty,
and when our love for ourselves is hard to find.
Forgive us, O God, of the ways we fall short,
and by your forgiveness, free us to try again.

Lifting water from the font:
Now stand firm in your faith,
covered by the saving grace of God
and ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Holy, Holy, Holy One,
guide us by the Spirit of truth
to hear the Word of life you speak,
and to give all glory, honor, and praise
to your threefold name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Listen to the word of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4

After the readings:
Keep these words in your heart.
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Thanks be to God.
Deuteronomy 6:6


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
To the Lord our God, Alpha and Omega,
be all glory and honor forever. Amen.
Revelation 21:6

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Time after Pentecost
The life, death, resurrection,
and promised coming of Jesus Christ
has set the pattern for the church’s mission.
His human life involves the church
in the common life of all people.
His service to men and women
commits the church
to work for every form of human well-being.
His suffering makes the church sensitive
to all human suffering
so that it sees the face of Christ
in the faces of persons in every kind of need.
His crucifixion discloses to the church
God’s judgment on the inhumanity
that marks human relations,
and the awful consequences
of the church’s own complicity in injustice.
In the power of the risen Christ
and the hope of his coming,
the church sees the promise
of God’s renewal of human life in society
and of God’s victory over all wrong.
The church follows this pattern
in the form of its life
and in the method of its action.
So to live and serve
is to confess Christ as Lord.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32–33

Prayers of the People

In the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we call on the name of the Lord, saying:
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the church . . .
Establish this church as your house—
a home for righteousness, a sanctuary for sinners,
and a shelter in the wilderness of the world.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the world . . .
Root out those false and evil shepherds
who destroy the sheep and scatter the flock;
bring justice and peace to every land.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for this community . . .
Break down all the walls that divide us,
so that we will no longer be strangers and aliens,
but citizens, neighbors, and friends.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Comfort those who walk through dark valleys;
lead them to green pastures and still waters,
and restore their souls.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

Gracious God, continue to pour out your power
in the church, in the world, and in our daily lives,
so all will know that you are at work among us;
through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,
to present yourselves as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
Romans 12:1

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
Generous God, we give you thanks
for all your blessings to us.
Use these gifts we offer
as a sign of your great love for the world,
so that all may know and share
the abundance of your grace;
in your holy name we pray. Amen.
2 Corinthians 8:12–15

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

From generation to generation you have been our shepherd.
You are the restorer of souls, leading your people in right paths,
Even in the midst of deep darkness you are our guide and comforter.
Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
Like a shepherd, Jesus had compassion on those who were lost
and guided them into the way of peace with his healing grace.
In villages, cities, and farms all who came to him were healed by his touch.
The words of institution are included here.
Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.
A Memorial Acclamation (e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
By your Spirit, fill our hearts with peace
and shape us into the one new humanity in Christ,
so that reconciliation and love may abound in our world.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer

Breaking the Bread

Communion of the People

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
Holy Spirit, you have filled us with your life.
Christ our Savior, you have embraced us in your love.
God our Mother, you have fed with your grace.
Now send us out into your beloved world
to share your life, your love, your grace with all.
Blessing and honor and glory to you,
holy, holy, holy Lord. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
May the blessing of the Trinity—
holy, holy, holy Lord—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Isaiah 6:3

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here I am; send me!” Amen.
Isaiah 6:8

Feeding the Five Thousand

Marten van Valckenborch, 1590

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • All Hail to God’s Anointed (O) ROCKPORT GTG 149
  • Come, Great God of All the Ages (OE) ABBOT’S LEIGH GTG 309
  • Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather (E) TOKYO GTG 311
  • I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord (O) ST. THOMAS GTG 310


  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (G) REST GTG 169
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (OG) RESIGNATION GTG 803
  • Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us (O) BRADBURY GTG 187
  • There Is a Place of Quiet Rest (EG) MC AFEE GTG 824


  • Break Thou the Bread of Life (G) BREAD OF LIFE GTG 460
  • Have No Fear, Little Flock (O) LITTLE FLOCK ELW 764
  • I Come with Joy (E) DOVE OF PEACE GTG 515, LAND OF REST LUYH 533
  • In God Alone (Mon âme se repose) (EG) MON ME SE REPOSE GTG 814


  • Called as Partners in Christ’s Service (E) BEECHER GTG 761
  • Let Us Build a House (O) TWO OAKS GTG 301
  • Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ (G) LINSTEAD GTG 526
  • The Church’s One Foundation (EG) AURELIA GTG 321

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 89:20–37

  • The Chosen of the Lord Shall Own [CM]; PCW 89b
  • With Holy Oil I Have Anointed David []; SGP 126
  • God Is Our Refuge, God Is Our Strength; PSA 82
  • For Ever I Will Sing the Goodness of the Lord; PFTS 11
  • Your Love, O Lord, Forever I Will Sing; HTP2 15
  • Forever I Will Sing the Goodness of the Lord; PAS 89B
  • For Ever I Will Sing; LP 24

Psalm 23

  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need [RESIGNATION]; GTG 803, PH 172, PAS 23A, LUYH 369, SSS 44 (with Spanish translation)
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is [ST. COLUMBA, DOMINUS REGIT ME]; GTG 802, PH 171, LUYH 824, PAS 23D, E (altered text), SSS 359 (with Spanish translation)
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want [CRIMOND, BROTHER JAMES’ AIR]; GTG 801, PH 170, PAS 23C
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want [Townend]; PAS 23F
  • The God of Love My Shepherd Is [RIDGEWOOD]; PAS 23J
  • Shepherd Me, O God; GTG 473, LUYH 456, PAS 23G (pointed vv.), 23H, (through-composed vv.), SSS 365 (with Spanish translation)
  • El Señor es mi pastor / My Shepherd Is the Lord; PAS 23 I, LUYH 368
  • El Señor es mi pastor / The Lord Is My Shepherd; SSS 294/5, OC 33
  • My Shepherd Is the Lord [Gelineau]; PH 173, PSA 18
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd; PFTS2 54
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd [THE PARTING GLASS]; CP2 1

    Organ Music

    • “KINGSFOLD,” Augsburg Organ Library: Summer, Aaron David Miller, AF (MA)
    • “FOUNDATION,” The Organist’s Library, vol. 68, Bernard Wayne Sanders, LOR (ME)
    • “My Shepherd, You Supply My Need,” RESIGNATION, Augsburg Organ Library: Baptism and Communion, David Evan Thomas, AF (ME)
    • “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” RESIGNATION, Mark Hayes Hymns for Organ, Douglas E. Wagner, LOR (ME)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep,” John Rutter, OUP, SATB, acap (A)
    • “My Song Shall Be Always of the Loving Kindness,” Godfrey Sampson, NOV, SATB, org (M)
    • “Christ Has Broken Down the Wall,” Mark Miller, CGA, SATB, pno (E)
    • “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” Howard Helvey, HOPE, 2 pt mx, pno, bsn (E)
    • “Psalm 23,” Bobby McFerrin, Lindala, Inc., SATB, acap (A)
    • “Glorious Is the Name of Jesus,” AAHH #300, Robert Fryson, GIA, SATB, keybd (E)

    Handbell Music

    • “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want,” Alex Guebert, 3–7 oct, opt fl, CGA, CGB979, Level 3+
    • “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” Jason Krug, 3–6 oct, BP, HB3560, Level 3-
    • “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us,” Raney/Sherman, 3–6 oct, HOPE, 2721, Level 3


    • Psalm 23, John August Swanson (VDL)
    • Psalm 23, Timothy Botts (EYE)
    • Psalm 23, Anneke Kaai (AK)
    • Landscape with Shepherd and Sheep, Anton Mauve (VDL)
    • Summer, Claude Monet (VDL)

    Debra Jean Ambush
    Mother of the Church

    Mother of the Church is a celebration of my family’s faith heritage and provides personal insight into the origins of the civil rights movement. The seated figure celebrated in this print is my great aunt, Mrs. Julia Jasper Hudson, who is being honored as the elder of the church in this scene. Julia taught in the segregated schools in Farmville, Virginia, and was a member of the First Baptist Church Missionary Society during the time that public schools were closed in opposition to the Brown v. Board of Education decision, of which Farmville was a plaintiff. Presiding over this worship service is the Reverend L. Francis Griffin, an important civil rights pastor and leader who led the resistance to segregated schools in Prince Edward County.

    Debra Jean Ambush